Google’s Nexus 5 phone review

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By Osa Allakamenin

So I had the extreme pleasure of getting my curious hands on the new Nexus 5 straight out of the play store. It is a nice improvement in design over the Nexus 4. This sweet piece of cell phone magic measures in at 137.84mm x 69.17mm and is 8.59 mm thick. Weighing at 130g the rubberized body feels as good as it looks.

On the back you will find the LG logo as well as the Nexus name etched in ever so elegantly. Off to the top left and slightly raised from the rest of the phone are the 8mp/1080 camera and its flash. I guess that would not make much of a difference when you put a case on it. Although the body feels so good in your hands, you may question whether or not you will want to put a case on it. Get one anyway so it stays that way.

Flipping this bad boy over, you are greeted with a 4.95″ full HD 1920 x 1080 display at 445ppi. What does this mean? It means what you see will look pretty and sharp (not that many would ever really notice this until they have another device to compare it to). There is also a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, which is pretty much the standard for front cameras.

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The body is held together with plastic clips (yay to that), so to get the battery out you need a plastic opening tool. However, the battery is meant to be embedded, so without a tool you won’t be able to just pop it open.

  • Fact time
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.26GHz Quad-Core
  • Operating System: Android 4.4, KitKat
  • Display:4.95-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display at 445ppi
  • Network: CDMA/1xRTT/EVDO, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA+, LTE
  • Memory: 32GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8 MP/1080p rear camera with optical image stabilization, and 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 2,300mAh Li-Polymer (embedded)
  • Size: 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Others: Wireless charging, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0

The Nexus 5 ships with Google’s brand new OS 4.4 code name KitKat. A handy feature integrated is when you say “Okay, Google” when on the home screen, it automatically brings up Google’s voice search. You don’t have to be in Google now or tap anywhere. The bad thing about this is that the phone is always in listen mode for that hot word; which in turn means a potential battery drainer. However, you do have the option to turn it off.

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Since we are on the subject of battery draining, there are a slew of apps that access your GPS to enhance the user experience, like providing location-based information. Having your GPS location pulled by these apps in the background adds to battery drainage. On the Nexus 5, you can put the GPS in a power saving mode. This will limit the access to GPS positions, and you can still get a pretty decent location lock in maps. You can also turn on high accuracy if you need pin point access.

If you swipe all the way to the left, you will find Google Now cards. Also the default messaging app is gone, instead your texts are grouped off in the hangouts app. Want to find out more about what is new in KitKat, check out CNET’s review of the new features here.

The Nexus 5 can be found on the Google Play Store for $349 for the 16gb model and $399 for the 32gb model. Google’s new flagship phone is pretty impressive, and only time will tell how well it will do in the market. I’d say good job so far.

The folks over at LG really did a good job with the newest entry to the Nexus family. If you have an older Nexus, check out the reasons to upgrade to the 5

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